Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Raiders target fifth consecutive win over Eels

Andrew Hendrie 12 Apr 2019
  • Canberra Raiders host Parramatta Eels in Round 5 of the NRL on Sunday night
  • Raiders have won the last four meetings between the teams
Raiders face Eels on Sunday (PA Images)

Canberra Raiders and Parramatta Eels collide in what could potentially be the match of the round on Sunday night in the nation’s capital.

Raiders vs Eels kicks off at 6.00pm AEST at GIO Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


This time last year, it would have been unthinkable to imagine a Raiders vs Eels match commanding so much attention on a Sunday night in Round 5.

But after identical 3-1 starts to the season, the two in-form clubs are playing some of the best football in the competition, which should ensure a cracking contest in the nation’s capital.

After so many narrow defeats and poor discipline over the last two seasons, Ricky Stuart placed defence above all other areas in the pre-season, and it’s paid immediate dividends, with Canberra posting their best defensive record after four rounds in the last 19 years.

Only the Storm and Tigers had conceded less points heading into Round 5 than the Raiders, with the Green Machine’s only defeat of the campaign coming against Melbourne in Round 2.

Canberra easily accounted for the slumping Cowboys last week and will be hoping for another win in front of what should be a bumper crowd on Sunday night.

On the other side of the coin, Parramatta have emphatically put behind their nightmare wooden spoon season from last year, also winning three of their first four games, with their only defeat coming against minor premiers the Roosters.

Like Canberra, it’s taken the very best to beat them this season, and after a clinical 24-12 victory over Cronulla last week, Parramatta will be confident of beating anyone at the moment.

The winner will be ensured a place in the top four at the end of the round, but perhaps Canberra takes a slight advantage - they’ve won their last four meetings, and as mentioned, their defence is rock solid. It should be a superb contest, but at home, I’m backing the Raiders to edge it.

Match Odds


Canberra Raiders - $1.55
Parramatta Eels - $2.45


Stats


  • Raiders have won the last four encounters between the teams
  • Eels haven’t won in Canberra for almost a decade
  • Three out of Canberra’s last four wins over Eels have been by a 1-12 margin

Teams


Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton. Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Hudson Young 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Joseph Tapine. Reserves: 18. Royce Hunt 19. Aidan Sezer 20. Bailey Simonsson 21. JJ Collins

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Tepai Moeroa. Interchange: 14. Peni Terepo 15. Tim Mannah 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi. Reserves: 18. David Gower 19. Ray Stone 20. Josh Hoffman 21. Bevan French

Tips


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